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Week of July 13, 2007

Eagle Police were investigating the vandalism of several of the Boots on Broadway. The public art display featured 12 6-foot-tall boots decorated by local artists. During the early morning hours of Aug. 8, someone toppled over seven of the boots, causing serious damage. "There are a number of people disgusted about this. I share their feelings," said Eagle Police Chief Rodger McLaughlin.

Dr. Stephen Sheldon opened Gypsum Animal Hospital next to the Big Dog Car Wash location.

The town of Eagle, the Eagle Centennial Committee and the Eagle Valley Enterprise were sponsoring a special Potluck in the Park for the July 19 ShowDown Town concert series. Event go'ers were asked to bring a salad, side dish or dessert with barbecue beef sandwiches and hot dogs provided.

Derrick Fowles, son of Greg and Nickie Fowles of Eagle, departed for a two-year mission trip to Guatemala for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Week of July 11, 2002

Gypsum officials were considering construction of a roundabout at the town's Interstate 70 interchange.

"Celebration of the Family" was the theme for the upcoming Gypsum Daze events. Country music stars Pam Tillis and Rascal Flatts were set to headline the event.

Eagle's new tradition - the Fourth of July Bike Parade - drew a big crowd of kids. James Van Dyck took first place in the decorating contest.

George and Marge Chandler celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party at the home of their daughter, Kathy Chandler-Henry.

The Nimon clan - Bill Nimon, Georgia Nimon Filter, Wayne Nimon, Gertrude Nimon and Jim Nimon - gathered in Eagle for a family reunion.

Week of July 16, 1992

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened several new segments of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, including the Hanging Lake Viaduct and one bore of the Hanging Lake Twin Tunnels.

Gypsum approved the Hoffman annexation, which increased the size of town by roughly 250 acres. The property was owned by Dr. Michael Hoffman and was located near the Eagle County Airport.

Delta Airlines conducted test flights at the county airport in anticipation of daily service from Salt Lake City during the ski season.

Melissa King of Edwards was crowned Miss Rodeo Colorado.

Week of July 15, 1982

Eagle Police Officer Michael Miller was in stable condition at Presbyterian Hospital in Denver following a shooting incident. Miller and his fellow Eagle Police officer, Gary Thurston, were both new to the department and were off duty when they went gopher hunting and then headed back to a bar in town. The shooting happened when they were driving back to town and Thurston attempted to place Miller's gun into his foot holster. The gun discharged and fired a bullet into Miller's lower right leg.

Eagle Police Chief John Leake resigned after a heated exchange with Eagle Town Manager Susan Sanfilippo concerning the shooting incident. Sanfilippo said Leake spoke prematurely with the town's liability insurance agent following the shooting, but Leake disagreed. The issue revolved around the time of employment for Miller. He had only been with Eagle Police for about a month at the time of the shooting.

The U.S. Forest Service granted a special use permit for the proposed Adam's Rib Recreation Area proposed southeast of Eagle.

Dave Laurita was appointed to the Gypsum Town Council. He replaced John Eddings, who had resigned from the council.

Week of July 13, 1972

Eagle County voters approved a $2.4 million bond issue by a 3-to-1 margin. The bond issue was presented to raise money to complete the new Eagle Valley Elementary, Meadow Mountain Elementary and Battle Mountain High School buildings.

A $200 million bond issue proposed by the Denver Water Board was defeated. Water board manager James Ogilive said the vote represented Front Range fears that diverting western Colorado water would increase explosive growth in the Denver area. Rollie Fisher, director of the Colorado River Water Conservation District said the vote represented a "return to sanity."

The main item of discussion for the upcoming Eagle Town Board meeting was a proposal to hire a town manager. Enterprise editor Dale Strode weighed in on the matter. "The town of Eagle needs a permanent administrative employee. The town has an office - a room upstairs in the Community Building. There is a desk, a conference table, a file cabinet and a phone - but no one to answer it."

Week of July 12, 1962

Edmond Bobson of Gypsum nominated as the Republican candidate for Eagle County Commissioner from District 3.

There were more than 100 entries for the Eagle Flight Days Little Britches Rodeo. A drum and bugle corps from the Denver American Legion Post was set to march in the event parade.

Ronald Dodo of Avon was set to represent Eagle County 4-H at the first ever 4-H Conservation Camp planned at Woodland Park.

The Eagle Square Dance club invited anyone interested in joining to attend an outdoor supper and dance at High's Steak House. The cost was $4 per couple for the buffet dinner followed by the dance.

Week of July 10, 1952

Timothy Sullivan resigned his post as Eagle County Assessor. "He will enter the employ of the Atomic Commission and is to report to Las Cruces, N.M." the Enterprise reported. Deputy assessor Clair Bertroch was appointed as assessor.

The Enterprise reported a "safe and sane Fourth" in Eagle. There were only three minor car accidents during the holiday weekend.

Eagle County Sheriff James Seabry announced that parents of minors found driving cars or trucks would be taken to court. "He stated that it is unlawful for any person to drive under the age of 16 and that such young people found driving will not be summonsed, but their parents will answer instead."

In national news, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Republican nominee for U.S. President.

Week of July 10, 1942

A free typhoid immunization clinic was planned in Eagle County. "Typhoid fever is caused largely from contaminated water, contaminated by someone who has the disease or who is apparently well, but who carries the disease in such a way in which it can be given to others," the Enterprise reported.

The Republican Eagle County Convention was held in Eagle and the party's slate of local candidates was nominated, including Mae Cox of Minturn for clerk, W.M. Wilson of Eagle for sheriff, Dessie Beck of Red Cliff for treasurer, Herman Stein of Eagle for assessor and Leroy Borah of Gypsum for commissioner.

The Silver Eagle Barber and Beauty Shop advertised, "That feminine look is more important than ever. It is up to us to keep up morale at home so look to your hair to look your prettiest. Have a victory curl!" A "realistic permanent" cost $3.65.


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